Many mini makeovers tend to focus on interior spaces, but updating an exterior space can yield value-boosting curb appeal as well as daily-use space. And, a well-planned mini exterior makeover can help to solve persistent landscape problems—say, a spot that receives little sun or lots of shade. Focus on blending plants and hardscape; here, a simple deck transitions to gravel and paved path combo and lots of low-maintenance plants suited for the growing zone.
Fox Tail Agave is soft, non-spiny, and safe to plant around walkways and children. It's a pleasant blue-green that fits in with non-desert plants and makes a handsome architectural statement in an otherwise leafy garden. Or plant it in with your cactus. Eventually growing to 4' to 5' tall and wide, with clusters of pups tucked under its leaves, Agave attenuata is best planted where it can spread out. Pups are easily removed, but the cluster is quite striking. Mature plants send up a 10' tall flo